Neymar scores in return; Brazil tops Croatia

04 June, 2018, 03:45 | Author: Julian Swanson
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Representing Brazil in a pre-World Cup friendly against Croatia, Firmino grabbed a second goal for a Brazilian side that ran out 2-0 winners.

Neymar, who withstood a few challenges in the game, received the ball from Philippe Coutinho in the 68th and dribbled past Croatia defenders Sime Vrsaljko and Duje Caleta-Car.

Tite wasn't getting carried away, though. "Then he will have his normal standard", Tite said.

Neymar is a captain who leads by example.

As aforementioned, sitting deeper alongside Badelj, Rakitic was Croatia's creative hub throughout the match with much of their attacking play starting with the Barcelona midfielder.

Aside from Neymar's moment of magic, Brazil did add a second with the last kick of the contest as Roberto Firmino scored on his club ground to cap off the victory.

Coutinho also tried to leave Liverpool for Barcelona last summer, but the Reds held on to him for a further six months.

Croatia can take solace from having the best of a combative first half that earned them bookings for Kramaric, shown yellow for a knee-high studs-up foul on Thiago Silva, and Ivan Perisic for hauling down Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus.

When Fernandinho went off, Coutinho played a greater role and Brazil's game improved.

Brazil face Austria in a friendly next Sunday before they begin their campaign for a sixth World Cup against Switzerland on June 17. "If I were the manager there, I would try to sign him too".

The world's most expensive player skipped past two defenders before blasting the ball in off the underside of the crossbar to put Brazil ahead against Croatia in the 69th minute.

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